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Some Dorset Park & Ride car parks drop charges to encourage visitors

Some Park and Ride car parks in Dorset will be free today (Friday) and tomorrow Photo: ITV Westcountry

Some Park and Ride car parks in Dorset will be free today and tomorrow (August 1st and 2nd 2012) in an attempt to draw more visitors to Weymouth and Portland during the Olympics. The Monkeys Jump site near Dorchester will also be free after 1430 everyday from this Friday (3rd August). There will be no charge for the bus services carrying passengers to the centre of Weymouth.

There have not been as many visitors to Weymouth as originally planned for and we are doing what we can to encourage people to come to the town.

This reduction of prices for the park-and-ride facilities will, we hope, make it an even better value day out to an Olympic venue and boost numbers accordingly.

Weymouth has a tremendous amount on offer for visitors and we have had rave reviews from those who have already come to soak up the Olympic atmosphere.

We hope to see many more in the coming days as we approach the excitement of the medal races in the sailing events at the weekend

– Angus Campbell, Chairman of Dorset’s Olympic Board
The changes are an attempt to draw more visitors to Weymouth and Portland during the Olympics. Credit: ITV Westcountry

We hope our free parking initiative will get thousands of extra visitors in to Weymouth and Portland to enjoy their beaches, shops and attractions. Weymouth and Portland is very definitely open for business but visitors should plan ahead and check before they travel

– Hugh Sumner, the ODA’s Director of Transport

Two other car parks – Preston Beach and Mount Pleasant in Weymouth – will remain subject to the £10 parking charge throughout the Games, as the main sites serving ticketed spectators. A fourth site – at Kingston Maurward – will be kept in reserve in case of additional demand, but will not otherwise operate. Should it open, it will also be free at the same times as the Monkey Jump site.

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